Sri Lanka women claim series with five wicket win

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Sri Lanka women comfortably won the third T20 against Pakistan women, chasing down 111 as they made 112-5 off just 17.5 overs in Sharjah to claim the three-match series 2-1. Pakistan struggled right from the start and only three of their batsmen managed to get into double figures, with Bismah Maroof making an impressive 46 off 38 balls. All Sri Lankan bowlers were impressive, especially Udeshika Prabodhani and Inoka Ranaweera who took two wickets apiece and only gave away 12 and 16 runs respectively in their four-over quota. Three run outs also did not help Pakistan’s cause. In reply, Chamari Atapattu’s 44 ensured that the result was never in doubt after Sana Mir dismissed Lasanthi Madushani with the first ball… Read More →

Auckland ODI abandoned, series level at 1-1

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The third One-Day International between New Zealand and Sri Lanka in Auckland on Saturday (January 17) was abandoned due to rain. New Zealand, put in to bat, was 145 for 3 in 28.5 overs when the players were forced off the field for the third and last time. The showers reduced after a while, but more than three hours later, the umpires decided that the conditions were not good enough for play to resume. Martin Guptill, the New Zealand opener, was unbeaten on 66, while Angelo Mathews, the Sri Lanka captain, starred for his side, picking up all three wickets to fall. New Zealand got off to a quick start courtesy a typically aggressive approach by Brendon McCullum, the New… Read More →

Sri Lanka under 19 squad for first 3 ODI’s against Bangladesh

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Media Release At a Selection Committee meeting held the following selections were made by the National Selectors and the Junior National Selectors with regard to the Squad for the 1st three ODI s of the Bangladesh U19 tour of Sri Lanka. 1. Charith Asalanka (Captain) -Richmond College 2. Avishka Fernando (Vice Captain) – St.Sebastian’s College 3. Lasith Lakshan – St.Thomas Matara 4. Kaveen Bandara – D.S Senanayake College 5. Sahan Arachchige – Ananda College 6. Vishad Randika – Isipathana College 7. Wanidu Hasaranga – Richmond College 8. Chamika Karunaratne – Royal College 9. Damith Silva – Maliyadeva College 10. Nushan Weerasinghe Fernando – Trinity College 11. Asitha Fernando – St.Sebastians Katuneriya 12. Lahiru Kumara – Trinity College 13. Kehan Wijeratne… Read More →

Sri Lanka levels series with six-wicket win

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A spectacular century from Tillakaratne Dilshan led Sri Lanka to a comfortable six-wicket victory in the second One-Day International against New Zealand on Thursday (January 15), allowing it to level the seven-match series 1-1. Dilshan, who scored 116, along with Kumar Sangakkara and Angelo Mathews, overhauled New Zealand’s target of 248. That New Zealand got that far was mainly courtesy Brendon McCullum’s 117, after he chose to bat. Sri Lanka struck early, dismissing Martin Guptill for 10. But McCullum took the attack to the Sri Lanka bowlers to score his second consecutive fifty in 39 balls. Herath then got an outside edge off Rangana Herath to get the wicket of Tom Latham for 5. McCullum reached his century with a… Read More →

Bangladesh U19 Tour of Sri Lanka 2015 – Match & Practice Schedule

Bangladesh U 19 Tour of Sri Lanka 2015 Match & Practice Schedule Date Team Practice venue Side Nets Time 16th Jan 15 BD Arrival   Colombo 17th Jan 15 SL RPICS 2 Side Wickets 10.00 a.m – 01.00 p.m BD RPICS 2 Side Wickets 02.00 p.m – 05.00 p.m 18th Jan 15 1st ODI @ Colts 19th Jan 15 SL RPICS 2 Side Wickets 10.00 a.m – 01.00 p.m BD RPICS 2 Side Wickets 02.00 p.m – 05.00 p.m 20th Jan 15 2nd ODI @ Colts 21st Jan 15 SL RPICS 2 Side Wickets 10.00 a.m – 01.00 p.m BD RPICS 2 Side Wickets 02.00 p.m – 05.00 p.m 22nd Jan 15 3rd ODI @ RPICS 23rd Jan 15 SL… Read More →

Sangakarra returns to top of Test Batting Rankings

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ICC Media Release Sri Lanka star Kumar Sangakarra has returned to the top of the Reliance ICC Test Players Rankings following the completion of the second Test in Wellington, which host New Zealand won by 193 runs. Despite 2-0 series defeat, Sangakarra’s knocks of 203 and five have seen him replace South Africa’s AB de Villiers at the top of the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test Batsmen, where he is one point clear on 909 points. Kane Williamson of New Zealand has jumped seven places to a career-best ranking of seventh in the batting rankings following his scores of 69 and 242 not out. In achieving his highest Test score to date, Williamson also passed the 3,000 runs mark, reaching 3,034 runs in… Read More →

McCullum, Anderson star in three-wicket win

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Brendon McCullum’s cracking half-century at the top of the order and Corey Anderson’s 81 later in the script helped New Zealand register a comfortable three-wicket win over Sri Lanka in its first One-Day International at Hagley Oval in Christchurch on Sunday (January 11). Chasing 219, Brendon McCullum’s 51 in 22 balls provided New Zealand a great start, and though there were more than a few jitters along the way, Anderson stepped up with his 96-ball effort to take New Zealand to the doorstep of victory. He fell ten runs short of the target, but Nathan McCullum and Adam Milne did the rest with seven overs left to bat. Sri Lanka, having opted to bat, posted 218 for 9 on the back of… Read More →

Sri Lanka name ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 squad

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The National Selectors at a meeting held selected the following players for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015. 1.Angelo Mathews (Captain) 2.T.M Dilshan 3.Kumar Sangakkara 4.Mahela Jayawardena 5.Lahiru Thirimanne (V.Capt) 6.Dinesh Chandimal 7.Dimuth Karunaratne 8.Jeevan Mendis 9.Thisara Perera 10.Suranga Lakmal 11.Lasith Malinga (Subject to fitness) 12.Dhammika Prasad 13.Nuwan Kulasekara 14.Rangana Herath 15.Sachithra Senanayake This has been approved by the Hon.Minister of Sports.

SLC Premier League Tournament to commence from 16th January

Media Release As decided by the tournament committee of the SLC, the scheduled Premier Tournament will commence from 16, 17,18th January 2015, in the light of the forth coming Presidential Elections scheduled for the 8th January 2015. Postponed games will be played on the 27th February 2015 week end  

New Zealand completes series sweep

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New Zealand completed a clean sweep in the two-Test series after beating Sri Lanka by 193 runs on the final day of the second Test in Wellington on Wednesday (January 7). Sri Lanka was set a target of 390, and was bowled out for 196. Trent Boult and Doug Bracewell, ran through Sri Lanka’s top order with four wickets in the morning, including that of Kumar Sangakkara after the visiting side began the day on 45 for 1. Offspinner Mark Craig then helped himself to four wickets, three coming after lunch. Dinesh Chandimal and Rangana Herath were dismissed in successive balls. Craig eventually finished with figures of 4 for 53. Boult made early inroads removing the nightwatchman Dhammika Prasad for… Read More →

Williamson, Watling in record 365-run stand

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Kane Williamson and BJ Watling put on a world record sixth-wicket partnership of 365 runs to help New Zealand effectively shut out Sri Lanka from the second Test in Wellington on Tuesday (January 6). Williamson remained unbeaten on 242 and Watling made 142 not out as the duo carried New Zealand from a precarious 159 for 2 to 524 for 5 declared in its second innings on the fourth day. Chasing 390 at a ground where the record for a successful fourth-innings chase is 277 set by Pakistan 11 years ago, Sri Lanka lost Dimmuth Karunaratne for 17 before Kaushal Silva (20) and Dhammika Prasad (1) held their nerve and carried the side to 45 for 1 at stumps. Sri… Read More →

Williamson, Watling defy Sri Lanka

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An unbeaten sixth-wicket partnership between Kane Williamson and BJ Watling helped New Zealand post 253 for 5 at stumps, stretching its overall lead to 118 and keeping its hopes alive on the third day of the second Test against Sri Lanka in Wellington on Monday (January 5). Williamson scored a resilient 200-ball 80 while Watling was unbeaten on 48, nearing his ninth half-century. Sri Lanka, who lost the first Test of the series by eight wickets, will fancy its chances of winning this Test despite the Williamson-Watling show. New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum, who scored a magnificent 302 against India the last time he played at the Basin Reserve, fell cheaply this time, trapped lbw by Dhammika Prasad for 22. Jimmy Neesham… Read More →

Sublime Sangakkara fuels Sri Lanka’s charge

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To go from 78 for 5 to 356 requires something special. On Sunday (January 4), that ‘something special’ was Kumar Sangakkara, who stole the show with a brilliant 203 to give Sri Lanka the upper hand on the second day of the second Test against New Zealand in Wellington. It was Sangakkara’s 10th highest score and his 11th double century, putting him one behind Sir Don Bradman for the most double tons in Test cricket. Sri Lanka was bowled out for 356, a 135-run lead, and at stumps in their second innings New Zealand was 22 without loss, still trailing by 113, with Hamish Rutherford on 12 and Tom Latham on 9. Sangakkara had failed in the first Test in… Read More →